PeteB

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  1. In the US, there is an option pack (possibly only available on the higher spec version) that caught my eye because it includes a Head Up Display, but it also included the panoramic roof (which obviously would please some people, but would rule it out or me).
  2. The models shown on YouTube videos from the USA show a space saver under the boot floor (I supposed I should say trunk, as it American!). Alex for Autos has actually bought a 2019 RAV4 and fitted a full size spare wheel and tyres under the boot floor. He has also done a video on a RAV4 Prime that he had for several days, and confirmed there is not space for a full size spare on that one. This may be partly because the Prime has wider tyres than nay existing 2019/20 RAV4s. Of course, there's no telling what spec and options will arrive in the UK when it finally arrives, we generally seem to get short changed compared to many other countries, although TBF Toyota are far from alone in this - indeed, British Leyland (for those old enough to remember them) actually sold cars in other countries that we couldn't get at all (e.g. Austin Victoria). I'd have happily (well, begrudgingly actually) paid up to £,200 extra for an option pack that induced kit that can be had on some US and German RAV4s.
  3. Yep. I once had occasion to sleep in a Prius all night on a cold winter night (don't ask!). I just set the climate control to a comfortable temperature, left fully auto, car in READY mode, no problems. The engine ran for a few minutes about 3 times an hour (partly to keep the car warm) and next time I filled up there wan't even a discernible drop in the fuel economy!
  4. Not all models have the sunglasses holder - I do miss it, my previous Prius had this, and so did the Dynamic model demonstrator I had for a couple of days before I ordered. Mine has the JCV/PVM (audio/360° camera) option, maybe that's the reason (the Dynamic had the standard audio package, which sounded just as good to me - I didn't care about the JCV upgrade, but I really wanted the 4-camera system - and it's truly awesome, despite the 1980s quality of the infotainment and dash screens).
  5. My last Prius and current RAV4 have both Speed Limiter and cruise control. I do find the speed limiter very useful under certain circumstances, mainly in 20 mph zones, or 30 zones where traffic and/or obstacles make cruise control unsuitable (particularly as on the Prius and previous Toyotas the cruise control lowest set speed was 26 or 28 mph). If you need to accelerate quickly because of a situation and can't quickly press the cancel button/lever you can floor the accelerator momentarily and then the limiter is disabled. I find it so useful i actually avoided buying a 10 month old 5,000 mile Lexus RX that my dealer was selling a couple of years ago (it had been their MD's car and was £10k below the nearly £60k new price) because while it had almost every accessory imaginable (many of which I'd dearly love) it didn't have a speed limiter, much to my amazement. If it had, I'd have snapped it up like a shot. Oddly too, while I often harp on about all the features available in some other markets (especially US) on the current model RAV4, one thign they don't get is the speed limited, which again I find very odd.
  6. That's what I think too. Sadly, it also means that if I pay a small fortune to buy a car that will be better for the environment, I will be hit with the annual VED (Excise Duty or Road Tax) payable on cars with a list price over £40k. Also, if they follow the UK's pattern of the Prius PHEV, the RAV4 PHEV/Prime or whatever they call it here may not be available with the nice interior colours or Excel trim features. Plus, with different size tyres, and insufficient space under the boot floor for a full size spare (but at least it's got one - in the US anyway), I won't be able to keep my full size alloy spare or winter tyres. The one thing I really wish I had (after 10 years in the Prius Gen 3 & 4 is a Head Up Display, sadly lacking in the RAV4. After a year and 10,000 miles I still really hate not having it on my RAV and wish I could shoot someone at Toyota for not making it an option. BUT, in the US, you only get a HUD if you order an upgrade pack that comes with a panoramic roof, which I absolutely don't want.
  7. No, almost certainly not. I'm sorry, I'm afraid your topic got a bit hijacked.
  8. PeteB

    Cruise control

    Acceleration: have you tried using the various drive modes? I find in ECO mode the CC acceleration is fine (for my taste). As an experiment, you might try setting the car to ECO mode and the CC speed to 70 mph (on a suitable dual carriageway) and maybe when exiting a roundabout and traffic flow is such that it's safe to do so, hit resume. After a few seconds select normal mode then sport. That will demonstrate the different levels of acceleration available - maybe one will be to your taste. Sport mode certainly provokes some urgency when CC is accelerating. Rear Camera: have you tried the icons to switch from 180° view to normal view? It may seem less distorted, Granted the resolution, clarity and brightness of both the infotainment and instrument cluster screens are embarrassingly dismal - one reviewer I read likened it to a 1980s video game screen. Particularly disappointing is the way the bottom half of the instrument screen is almost invisible in brightish light, even when the sun is not directly on it. Computed mpg: I keep such detailed records of my fuel usage that would impress many a train spotter, and can report that the average optimism of the RAV4's display mpg is 'only' about 2% optimistic on average, whereas all previous Toyotas I've logged have been around 5% optimistic.
  9. PeteB

    Cruise control

    It's a question that's been hotly debated on many boards but I've never seen anything to suggest it's possible. It's a shame, because it must be a value either hard coded into the software or in a table somewhere. It would be so easy to include this in the options that the user can alter in one of the multi-function screens, or at the very least with a diagnostic port tool. Users with OBDII devices (those that have reported back) and my dealer have been unable to find any way of altering this to date.
  10. PeteB

    Cruise control

    Nope, it's not you! All of the Toyota & Lexus cars I've driven that had adaptive cruise control have used 5mph increments. Those with 'ordinary' CC had 1mph as you mentioned. You can have 1 mph increments if you select ordinary CC, by holding the CC on/off button for a few seconds when switching CC on. Downside is you lose the radar feature.
  11. Most later versions of Prius (up to 45 Ah 12V battery) were lucky to last 5 weeks of non use before the battery went flat. Earlier models (35 Ah), maybe 3-4 weeks - then only if everything was in perfect condition and the battery fully charged when last used. I'm told the latest RAV4 has a 52 Ah battery, and I've no idea how long it would last unused. But i take no chances - if I'm parked and want any systems active I'm in READY mode.
  12. It's possible your dealer allowed the 12V battery to go flat during the lockdown if it was stored for any length of time after delivery. If it was left flat for any length of time, the battery would have degraded and be in need of replacement - shouldn't be problem under the warranty. When the original Prius was launched in Europe in 2000, they used to go flat during the sea journey from Japan, and again on dealer lots as they sold very slowly. I understand that once the issue became known the 12V battery was disconnect for the ship journey. My first 2002 Prius had early battery failure, as did my 2016 Gen 4 Prius, but both times the dealer replaced them without quibble and no further issues arose. In fact, my 2nd Gen 1 Prius was 9 years old when I sold it with 163,000 miles on it, still on the original battery. If you're interested in some further background info, see this thread:
  13. If you want to be able to use the keyfob to open or close all windows remotely, the dealer needs to use their diagnostic computer to enable the feature. It's handy in hot weather to be able to get the windows all open while walking towards the car, so a fair bit of heat is let out before you get in. If you notice a window open after switching off and getting out, again it's easier to close them with the fob than get back in, restart the car and do it. If the facility has been enabled, pressing and holding the unlock button opens all windows (and moon roof it fitted), pressing/holding the lock button closes any that are open. Maybe worth checking tyre pressures, one or two people have found them set at over 40 psi instead of 33!
  14. ok, so here's one you can actually hear - a YouTube of a Toyota person, set to start just before he says "Prius". Ever since I saw TV programmes like Tomorrow's World in the late 1990s discussing the then forthcoming Prius, I've only heard Toyota people on TV and those I met when I was a Prius Fleet Manager pronounce it this way. https://youtu.be/13fFY5Z5Bk8?t=107
  15. When I managed a fleet of Prius I met a number of people from Toyota head office, and also met some Toyota people at a pre-launch event for the Gen 2 Prius in 2003 and the Gen 3 in 2009. All of them called it Pr-ee-us. I suspect the other pronunciation came from a number of Top Gear presenters (one in particular!), who I strongly suspect did it in the knowledge it irked a fair few owners.
  16. Could it be a loose connection?
  17. More likely because when you first tried the battery was too hot for the software to allow selection of EV Mode. The large amount of charge while descending a long, steep hill will have heated it up considerably.
  18. In fact, if the gauge ever shows all 8 bars lit, and it's continued receiving charge until the battery will not accept any more (referred to as "Maxed out" - generally some time after the 8th bar lights up), the true State of Charge (SoC) is actually 'only' about 80% full. If empty (no bars lit) it would still have about 40% SoC. The gauge displays a 'window' of usable charge ranges that the Hybrid engineers deemed safe to allow. This, along with managing rates of energy flow into and out of the battery and cell temperatures is part of the 'secret' to the long life of the rechargeable battery pack. When the original Prius arrived in 1997, lots of doubters predicted masses of owners regularly spending a fortune buying replacement battery packs. Here's a diagram showing the ranges of charge the relates to each bar of the gauge from an older Prius versions, but the principal remains on current models: A 2002 first generation Prius I once owned had some 70,000 miles on the clock before I experienced a true 'maxed out' condition for the very first time. It was on a holiday in Scotland when I encountered some 5-6 mile long 1 in 5 (20%) gradient hills, and descending those saw the battery max out after 3-4 miles. The original Prius didn't have an EV button (nor ECO or PWR for that matter) but when I reached level ground I found I could accelerate moderately briskly up to 60 mph on electric alone, as the system tried to use up some power to make room for any further 'free' regenerated energy that could be had. The design philosophy appears to try to stay in the range of 2-6 bars lit. Any lower and the engine works harder to add charge, any higher and it tries to use some charge up. This is so that there's always enough energy to proved extra boost for acceleration or hills when needed, and nearly always enough room to receive regenerated energy from slowing or braking.
  19. Yep, I can confirm it is. The only people who find otherwise are those with lead boots, They tend to complain about the continuous engine note when the clog it and keep their foot right to the floor.
  20. It's unscientific, but whereas I've seen lots of posts on this and other boards from people who've had their cat stolen (sometimes more than once), or know someone who's been hit, it's mainly been Prius and Auris Hybrids with one or two Lexus and the odd non-Hybrid and non-Toyota thrown in, I've never yet heard of a RAV4 being targeted (much to my own relief - so far!). At my first service last month I did ask them to try to remove the Hybrid badges to further reduce the possible appeal of my car (to lowlifes), but they didn't seem to think it could be done without risking some paint damage. I'd have thought if it was vulnerable, with the extra ground clearance it would be more appealing to the thieves so I'm hopeful that for whatever reason the car is not an attractive target.
  21. The Aygo also gets the Toyota 5 year warranty, the Citroen only gets 3 years/60,000 miles, I think the Peugeot is the same.
  22. Yes, I was done on my 2019 RAV, and yes it's very useful when the car's hot and you're walking towards it. Also handy if you notice a window open after switching off. I spotted it in the manual and asked my dealer to do it before delivery - fortunately my dealer is one of the most helpful I've ever encountered. They did say they'd not heard of it before, and I was the first person to ask for it. After reporting it here, a number of other owners said they'd got their dealer to do it too. I gather too some have bought Bluetooth dongles for the OBDII diagnostic port and done it themselves. See also here for info that may help persuade your dealer. Be aware that one or two dealers have tried to charge a fee for making the change, but if done at the same time as a service it would be extra mean of them.
  23. You probably should expect to need to do the update for the map data - I've never received a new Toyota with the latest map version installed (even if the software is up to date). From comments I've seen on these boards, I don't think many, if any, have fared better.
  24. Presumably only for the main (full screen) Nav display? Or does the smaller Nav display in the Home screen now allow directional?